Despite this being my 4th pregnancy I have never had any pregnancy shots taken. I have done the typical ‘bump in front of a mirror’ selfies a few times, but never anything professional. I knew that this time I wanted some photos taken, to look back on and remember the life growing inside me. This is our last baby, and I won’t get the chance again. I think you forget how big you were and what you looked like with a bump as soon as the baby comes.
I have been an admirer of Jade Nott Photography for a while now, and have swooned over her gorgeous newborn shoots, stunning wedding photos and lifestyle family shoots. So when I was offered the chance to be a ‘maternity guinea pig’ I jumped at the chance.
The photos were taken at a local National Trust woodland area in the early evening, and I couldn’t think of a nicer place to be honest – quiet, peaceful and with a lovely soft light. Jade is lovely, and put me at ease straight away – I always feel a bit self conscious about having my picture taken! I needn’t have worried – Jade was really unobtrusive and so natural. Her ideas for photos were family friendly, easy to achieve with a big bump and not too ‘posed’ – I knew I wanted it to look soft and natural rather than set up.
I wore clothes I felt comfortable in, and let the children flower girl dress themselves in whatever they wanted to – I knew they wouldn’t be comfortable otherwise. Although a lot of the shots were set to look a certain way, I didn’t feel like I was on show, and I am so pleased with the results – especially the family photo. We so very rarely get a picture of all us together, and it’s wonderful to have one where all of us look happy and relaxed.
Overall? It’s definitely something I am glad I did. Maternity photo shoots are often studio based, and although they look stunning, they aren’t really my personal style. I loved the chance to be outside with my family and a photographer who made me feel so at ease and managed to capture the essence of my pregnancy.
Once the photos were done, we carried on enjoying the National Trust area – the kids kicked a football around, rolled down hills and ran. It was a perfect evening.